April 11: Iron Maiden

Seventh Son of a Seventh Son is 30 years old today

Iron_Maiden_-_Seventh_Son_Of_A_Seventh_SonSeventh Son of a Seventh Son is the seventh studio album by English heavy metal band Iron Maiden.

It is the first Iron Maiden release to feature keyboards. Like The Number of the Beast and, later, Fear of the Dark, The Final Frontier and The Book of Souls, it debuted at No. 1 in the UK Albums Chart. It also marks the first appearance of many progressive rock elements which would be used frequently in later albums, seen in the length and complex structure of the title track “Seventh Son of a Seventh Son”, and by the fact that it is a concept album.

Listen to Seventh Son of a Seventh Son on Spotify.

Also released by Iron Maiden this day in 1983

“Flight of Icarus” was released as their eighth single and the first from their fourth studio album, Piece of Mind (1983). It was the band’s first single to be released in the United States, becoming one of their few songs to gain substantial airplay, peaking at No. 8 on the Billboard Top Album Tracks chart – the highest position of any Iron Maiden single in the US. It was also a success in the UK, peaking at No. 11 on the UK Singles Chart. It is also the band’s first release to feature Nicko McBrain, who replaced Clive Burr on drums in 1982.